By Raj Bhattacharya
Raj, a seasoned travel writer and Bermuda destination expert, has extensive global travel experience. This website reflects his profound insights, garnered over nearly two decades of dedicated findings and research on the island. Raj has assisted countless Bermuda-bound visitors by providing direct, personalized responses to their queries and imparting his wealth of knowledge through this platform. This site serves as an indispensable guide for those seeking informed and reliable insights into Bermuda's treasures.
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Maya (December 2017)
Harbor night is amazing... they have Gombeys and a lot of events... all of the amazing lights and music and fun castles for kids. The stores are even open until like 9:30pm, it is on front street. If you go I bet you, you will have a lot of fun and if you have kids they will have a lot of fun. It starts at 7:00pm to 10:00pm. It is amazing
Alexis Nye (September 2015)
We are due to arrive on our cruise next week, Sept 30,2015. Has Harbor Nights ended? If so, is there anything going on in town that evening? Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2015
Harbor Nights has ended. Another weekly event called 'October Lights' is scheduled to start every Wednesday in October, so the first such event will be on October 7th. You can see the lights and several vendors will set up stalls selling food and items for kids etc on Front Street. It's a smaller version of Harbor Nights.
Paula Devine (July 2015)
What restaurants should we reserve for overlooking HArbour Nights. We are a family of 6 coming in Aug 2nd. My hubby is a chef but we don't want to spend an arm and leg with the teens. Just some good local flavor. Thanks!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2015
You can consider Pickled Onion or Bolero Brasserie.
Karen P (April 2015)
We plan to attend the Harbor Nights on Wednesday. It doesn't start until 7pm. We will wrap up at the BUEI at 5pm. It seems like a lot of the attractions close at 5pm. Could you please give me some advice as to what to do for the two hours while we wait for the Harbor Nights to start? Ps. Your website has been INVALUABLE to me...Thanks so much!!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2014
It's a good time to do some shopping at the alleyways of Hamilton and pickup some souvenirs. If you are planning to dine in Hamilton, then you need to go early to a Front Street restaurant and grab a balcony-side table. You can then watch the festival below while enjoying drinks and dinner.
Otherwise from BUEI walk down along Front Street and visit Point Pleasant Park at Albuoy's Point located near the ferry terminal and HSBC Building. Sit and relax on a bench for few minutes... great harbor view.
Then walk down to Queen Elizabeth Park (nearby on Queen St.)... lovely flower gardens, pathways, sculptures and trees. There should be still enough daylight. The Historical Society Museum is located at one end of the park (the museum would be closed though). Spend a few minutes before you walk back.
Notice the Birdcage at the junction of Queen Street and Front Street. It's a blue and while metallic structure where a policeman used to be posted to control traffic.
Josephine Schloesser (August 2014)
My cruise ship will dock on October 1st. it's a wednesday. will there be a street festival that night? from what I read above it ends early September, any chance they extend it to end of the month? Thank you,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2014
Unlikely that it'll be extended, but it has happened in the past. Good luck!
Josephine Schloesser (August 2014)
That is a shame, because we're coming in with a ship that holds almost 4,000 passengers. That's a lot of potential income that I can't believe the city would pass up on. I have been to this event on previous cruises and I know it was past the first week of September. I hope they extend it. Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I enjoyed scrolling through your website.
Antonia Russomano (May 2014)
My cruise ship will be at Kings Wharf on June 4, 5, 6. Will there be Harbor Night on the 4th? You mentioned ferry from Kings Wharf to Hamilton, what is the cost, please? How far a walk from the Hamiton pier to the location of the Harbor Night festivities? Also, do cruise ships still dock in Hamilton? Thank you for your time.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2014
Yes, there will be harbor nights on 4th June (Wednesday). As you come out of the Hamilton Ferry Dock, you will be on Front Street which is the main venue of Harbor Nights. Cost from Dockyard Ferry to Hamilton Ferry (one way) is $4 by token, $4.50 by cash. Only few smaller non-contracted cruise ships dock at Hamilton but not every year.
Anne Hetherington (May 2012)
Our small company is bringing its staff to Bermuda this month to celebrate our 20th anniversary, which coincides with Harbour Nights 20th - cool, right? I've been to Bermuda many times, but never when Harbour Nights were happening.
I'd like our crew to see the Gombey Dancers and enjoy the street party, but I have a few questions. Do you know around what point in the evening the dancers start?
Also, wondering what kind of street food there is - trying to determine whether we can make a meal of it, or whether we should plan on a restaurant meal sometime around the proceedings (preferably without missing the dancers).
I would appreciate any input you can provide to help with our planning to make the most out of the night.
P.S.: I really appreciate your site - very informative and all-encompassing. You have helped me a lot over the years, including with planning this extra-special visit.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2012
Hi Anne, the food sold by the vendors on the street during harbor nights are mostly finger food. But there are restaurants right in the vicinity. So if you are to choose a place to eat while watching the activities, it's best to try one of these restaurants: Pickled Onion, Barracuda Grill, Hog Penny or Flanagans.
You can actually see the Gombey dancers from the Flanagans balcony. You can however hear them from the other places as well. The dancers normally come around 8pm but they also close it out, so the times vary.
Hi! Firstly, thank you for having such an informative site! I just wanted to find out if you knew of any listed ferry schedule for the Harbor Nights or had any additional information. I know your site mentions additional ferries, but the official transportation site does not mention any extended schedule.
I just want to make sure that when we make our visit, we can plan on having nighttime transportation from the Dockyard to Hamilton, since we're very much looking forward to seeing the local celebration! Otherwise we have to re-plan our itinerary which would be unfortunate. Thanks!
Hi Amy, there is no published schedule for the additional ferry. Dockyard to Hamilton should not be a problem, the last regular Blue Route ferry leaves dockyard at 9pm and reaches Hamilton at 9:20pm.
Harbor Night ends at 10pm, so going any later will be of no use anyway. While returning, additional ferries are helpful, the timings for which are usually made available at the Visitors Info Center and the Ferry Terminals (including at the dockyard). The worst case option is to return by a taxi. So I don't see any need to re-plan your itinerary. Regards,